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08/05/2010 - 4:12pm
Season-ending surgery for Youkilis
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis will have surgery on Friday and will miss the remainder of the season, manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday. 

 

Youkilis suffered a torn muscle in his right thumb in Monday night's game against the Indians. Francona had said on Wednesday that Youkilis would be traveling to the Cleveland Clinic to be examined by Dr. Thomas Graham.

 

"He'll be immobilized for approximately six weeks and then be reevaluated from there," Francona said. "I think Youkilis was pretty resolved to the fact that this was probably going to happen."

 

Youkilis was initially placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, prompting Mike Lowell to emerge as the team's regular first baseman. The 31-year-old Youkilis was hitting .307 with 19 homers and 62 runs batted on the season. He had a .411 on-base percentage and .564 slugging percentage. 

 

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08/05/2010 - 4:03pm
Ricciardi: 'Theo played it perfect'
By: DJ Bean

Former Blue Jays general manager and current ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi made his weekly visit on The Big Show and discussed last weekend's non-waiver trade deadline and the process baseball executives go through following it.

 

Regarding the news that Jonathan Papelbon was placed on waivers by the Red Sox, Ricciardi echoed the general line of thinking that such moves are far too common to be looked too far into.

 

"It's really simple — everybody usually gets put on waivers. Very few players aren't put on waivers," said Ricciardi, who said there were years in which he placed then-Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay on waivers.

 

As for the lack of moves made by the Red Sox, Ricciardi said that he felt Red Sox GM Theo Epstein "played it perfect" in making small moves with Ramon Ramirez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the team waits to get healthy. He also described this season as...

08/05/2010 - 2:50pm
Lineups: Lowell back, Hall at second
By: DJ Bean

After getting the night off on Wednesday against Justin Masterson, Mike Lowell is back in the Red Sox' lineup, batting seventh and playing first base. Jed Lowrie, who played second base Wednesday, is on the bench with Bill Hall playing second and batting ninth.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, SS

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Victor Martinez, C

5. J.D. Drew, RF

6. Adrian Beltre, 3B

7. Mike Lowell, 1B

8. Ryan Kalish, LF

9. Bill Hall, 2B

SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka
 
 
For more on the game, including batter vs. pitcher matchups, visit the Red Sox' team page at weei.com/redsox.
 

08/05/2010 - 2:42pm
Sypher found guilty of extorting Pitino

Karen Cunagin Sypher was found guilty Thursday by a Kentucky jury of extorting University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Sypher demanded millions of dollars from the former Celtics coach to keep quiet about their 2003 sexual liaison at a Louisville restaurant.

 

Sypher was found guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the NBA and one count of retaliating against a witness. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 27 and faces up to 26 years in prison.

 

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08/05/2010 - 2:30pm
Pedro rejects offers to return to MLB

Pedro Martinez said he recently received offers from several teams that were "very tempting," but the former Red Sox ace has decided to remain retired. Speaking at a promotional event for Gillette in New York, Martinez told The Associated Press he was "really happy" to receive the offers the past two weeks from teams he did not identify. He said he will spend the rest of the year with his kids and go on vacations.

 

Martinez signed with the Phillies last July and went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts, helping Philadelphia reach the World Series. He threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park for the Red Sox' home opener this season.


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